Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

The headliner for the 2019 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, is Queen Latifah—Grammy-, Emmy-, and Golden Globe award winner and Academy Award nominee—who will be featured in a selection of hits from her diverse catalog, which touches on genres including jazz, rap, R&B, Broadway, and more.

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Boston’s premier Independence Day celebration will also include musical icon, songwriter, storyteller, and singer Arlo Guthrie, who will perform a musical tribute a half-century in the making—Summer of ’69commemorating the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. Guthrie will take audiences back to a year of unprecedented scientific exploration, social change, and creative ferment with songs that he performed at Woodstock, as well as other popular selections from his eclectic output. The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on Bloomberg TV and WHDH-TV on July 4 from 8-11 p.m. will be available for streaming on The concert stream can also be viewed on Bloomberg’s mobile and OTT platforms across Apple TV. As is the tradition, a major 20-minute fireworks show designed by Grucci Fireworks and accompanied by the music of the Boston Pops and other popular music of the past and present, will bring the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular to an end.

In addition to the performances by Queen Latifah (debuted with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall in 2017) and Arlo Guthrie (debuted with the Boston Pops on July 4, 2001 and performed with Pops during the 2019 season at Symphony Hall), the 2019 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will also spotlight two popular acts from America’s Got Talent. They include 16-year-old vocal phenomenon Amanda Mena, a Massachusetts native and a semi-finalist on America’s Got Talent whose memorable audition earned her the coveted Golden Buzzer, sending her straight through to the live show in 2018, and the three-time Emmy Award-winning classical crossover vocal trio, The Texas Tenors, the highest-ranking music group in the history of America’s Got Talent (making it to the top four finalists in the show’s fourth season), whose sales are the third highest in the history of the show.

The 2019 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular—one of this country’s largest and oldest public Fourth-of-July events and one of the biggest annual outdoor concerts anywhere in the world—will open with the event’s traditional F 15 Eagle flyover, by the 104th Fighter Wing from Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Massachusetts, followed by a special flag presentation by the United States Air Force Honor Guard from Washington, D.C. The Pops is also pleased to present the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters Chorus, who will perform patriotic classics and new favorites. 

The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will take place on July 3 (concert, 8-10:30 p.m.) and July 4 (concert and fireworks, 8-11 p.m.) at the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Hatch Memorial Shell on the Charles River Esplanade. There will also be a large viewing screen and sound towers installed on Memorial Drive in Cambridge, to accommodate Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular fans on the other side of the Charles River. In addition to the screens along the Charles River, a large screen will be mounted for the second year in a row on the Rose Kennedy Greenway for additional public viewing. 

Alix Steel, co-anchor of "Bloomberg Daybreak Americas" on Bloomberg Television and Carol Massar, co-anchor of "Bloomberg Markets" on Bloomberg Radio, will return to co-host the 2019 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular performance and concert television and radio broadcasts, with additional reporting by Matt Miller, co-anchor of "Bloomberg Markets: European Open" on Bloomberg Television. Janet Wu, reporter/anchor for Boston Bloomberg Radio, will report on the event via the digital stream and will host the portion of the broadcast with highlights from the Rose Kennedy Greenway. 

Eaton Vance, a leading global asset manager based in Boston, is the Presenting Sponsor for the 2019 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. Bloomberg, the global business and financial information and news leader, is the major sponsor and media partner for the event. Both Eaton Vance and Bloomberg made an initial three-year commitment to sponsor the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular beginning in 2017.


“One of my greatest privileges as Boston Pops Conductor is leading this country’s premier Independence Day celebration for the wonderful citizens of Boston and all those who travel from far and wide to visit this vibrant and historic city we are so fortunate to call home.

“Creating programs for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular presents us with a daunting yet welcome challenge—to craft a program that will appeal to the varied musical tastes of the enormous crowd of individuals who gather each year to help us celebrate our country’s founding. From the incredible energy and diverse selections of Queen Latifah, to a performance by the legendary Arlo Guthrie in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, a special appearances by two recent star acts of America’s Got Talent—Amanda Mena and The Texas Tenors, and poignant patriotic moments from the United States Air Force Honors Guard and the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters Chorus, we hope our musical offering will inspire moments of joy and inspiration for everyone attending this extraordinary celebration.

“All of us at the Boston Pops feel tremendous gratitude to Eaton Vance, Presenting Sponsor, and Bloomberg, Major Sponsor and Media Partner, without whose support this event would not be possible. We are also deeply thankful to Governor Baker and Mayor Walsh and the many federal, state, and city departments and dedicated employees who work so tirelessly to look after the safety and well-being of all who attend the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. 

“I know I join many here in Boston and around the country when I say that my wish for this year’s Fourth of July is that all Americans come together in a spirit of celebration around the foundational ideas and shared history that have guided us through both good and difficult times since the country’s founding 243 years ago.” 


“Eaton Vance is proud to continue as Presenting Sponsor of the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular for the third consecutive year. This unparalleled annual celebration of our nation’s independence brings extraordinary live music, fireworks and unbridled joy to countless celebrants assembled on the banks of the Charles River in Boston and participating remotely through Bloomberg media. This summer’s event promises to be another outstanding show.” 


 “Bloomberg is incredibly proud to support the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular for the third consecutive year. As the media partner for the event, we're honored to expand this impressive celebration of our country and tribute to our military to a global audience across TV, Radio, digital, and mobile platforms.”


“Massachusetts is once again thrilled to welcome visitors of all ages from across the country to celebrate our nation’s history at the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. The Commonwealth is proud to support this family-friendly Independence Day tradition each year.”


"The Boston Pops Spectacular is one of our best and most special celebrations here in Boston, bringing together thousands of people to celebrate our nation's independence. I thank all of the partners involved who put on an incredible program, and look forward to another year of this cherished tradition."


On July 4, gates open at 9 a.m. and the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular concert begins at 8 p.m., followed by the event’s fireworks display at approximately 10:30 p.m. On July 3, the gates open at 5 p.m. and the performance begins at 8 p.m.; there will be no fireworks on July 3. Concert attendees of the event can ride the MBTA for free after 9:30 p.m. on July 4. Complete details can be found at

Bloomberg will Feature Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on it's Television, Radio, and Streaming Platforms on and on it's Mobile and Ott Platforms Across Apple Tv On July 4, 8-11 P.m.; Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular App with Complete Details of Event Available in Early June

The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on Bloomberg TV, with a simulcast on WHDH-TV, on July 4 from 8-11 p.m., will be available for streaming on The concert stream can also be viewed on Bloomberg’s mobile and OTT platforms across Apple TV. The digital concert stream will be available for 24 days after the July 4 performance/broadcast. These digital options, along with the live broadcast on Bloomberg TV and Bloomberg Radio, and a variety of additional radio listening options (see “Tune In” information below), will help ensure easy access for the event’s loyal traditional television watcher and radio listener, as well as fans wanting to view the show online or on their mobile device, here in Boston, throughout the country, and around the world. Visit for further details about the wide variety of options for viewing or listening to the show. 

Where to Tune in for Bloomberg's Television Broadcast in the Greater Boston Area

Pay TV customers in the greater Boston area can view the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on DISH: Channel 203DirectTV: Channel 353; and RCN: Channels 325/672. For Comcast subscribers within the greater Boston area, Bloomberg TV can be found on channels 45, 757 or 844, depending on the location in the market. Viewers beyond the greater Boston area should check their local pay TV provider listings for information on where to tune in to see Bloomberg TV's Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular in their local areas. For a TV Tune-In Chart on where to view the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on Bloomberg Television in the Greater Boston area, visit

Bloomberg Radio

Radio listeners in the greater Boston area can hear the concert through Bloomberg's flagship stations in Boston and Newburyport on 106.1 FM / 1330 AM / 1450 AM/ 92.9-HD2, and via expanded coverage this year on 99.1 WPLM-FM (Plymouth, MA) covering Boston's South Shore, Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and portions of Rhode Island. Nationally the concert can be found on SiriusXM channel 119, online at, and via mobile on the Bloomberg and iHeartRadio apps.

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular App to Offer More Information About Concert and Broadcast Events Available in Early June

The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular App for iOS and Android devices, introduced in June 2017, is scheduled to be available in early June. The app will provide up-to-the-minute detailed event, broadcast, and schedule information. Information for those attending the event—such as what to bring with them, how to get to the event, and an interactive map with tags showing points of interest on the Esplanade, including information about merchandise, food and beverage, and entry gates, are among the highlights of the app. 


Pamela Picard, Executive Producer and Event Director, Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular and BSO Broadcast and Media Director, and Dennis Alves, Boston Pops Director of Artistic Planning, serve as Executive Producers of the broadcast. The live broadcast will be produced by Michael Mathis, a multiple Emmy Award-winning producer and writer with more than 25 years of experience creating, developing, and producing telecasts and special events and who has produced the broadcast for many years. Mr. Mathis's recent video projects include Christmas in Rockefeller Center and The Nobel Peace Prize Concert. Joining the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular production team for the first time in 2019 is director John Kirby, who is highly regarded for his work as a director for the BBC Proms. Mr. Kirby’s broadcast credits include the celebratory Last Night of the BBC Proms from London’s Royal Albert Hall, the State Opening of Parliament at the House of Lords in Westminster by HM The Queen, and the Installation of Pope Francis live from Rome.

The 2018 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular production team also includes Christopher W. Ruigomez, Director of Boston Pops and Concert Operations and Assistant Director of Tanglewood and Richard MacDonald, Executive Producer and Operations Director. 


The Boston Pops thanks the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karen Polito, and Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Leo Roy for their continued support of the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular at the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Hatch Memorial Shell located on the Charles River Esplanade.


One of the country’s premier Independence Day celebrations—which annually draws a crowd of several hundred thousand people to DCR’s Hatch Memorial Shell located on the Charles River Esplanade—carries on in the tradition of founders Arthur Fiedler (Boston Pops Conductor, 1930-1979), who initiated the free Esplanade Concerts in 1929, and David Mugar, who revitalized the tradition with fireworks and cannons in 1974, and a flyover added in 1995. Over the years, this free concert and fireworks extravaganza has attracted not only the people of Greater Boston, but also millions of visitors to our great city. Boston’s Independence Day event was managed and produced from 1974-2016 by Mr. Mugar, who has continued in an advisory role since 2017 when the Boston Pops took over the management and production roles. Following the protocol of past Fourth-of-July celebrations, the Boston Pops is working closely with local and state officials on all aspects inherent to the success of the event. For a brief history of the Boston Pops July 4 celebration, click here. (For a Boston Pops brief history, click here.)


The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular (BPFS) events on July 3 and 4 generate an estimated $23.1 million increase in economic activity for the City of Boston (Suffolk County) and $15 million for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, according to the findings of a larger 2018 third-party study by Stephen Sheppard, Professor of Economics at Williams College, that also included information about the economic impact of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood, the BSO’s summer home located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, where the Boston Pops is also featured in several performances throughout the summer. The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s performance and operations activities have more than a $261 million impact on the economic activity of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Tanglewood’s performance and operations activities have more than a $103 million impact on the economic activity in the state and in the Berkshire region. (Link to press release.)


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